Virus denier fined £3,000 for refusing to shut salon during lockdown

Salon owner Sinead Quinn has been fined twice in one week (Picture: Bradford T&A / SWNS)

A salon owner who denies coronavirus exists has been fined £3,000 for refusing to close her business during the second national lockdown. 

Kirklees Council officials fined Sinead Quinn £1,000 earlier this week after she ignored month-long lockdown restrictions and reopened Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Oakenshaw, near Bradford, West Yorkshire.

A further £2,000 fine was issued on Thursday after she refused to close her business again.

Kirklees Council said keeping the salon open was ‘selfish and irresponsible’ amid the pandemic – but Ms Quinn told police she would not accept the fine as she had not seen ‘proof’ that Covid-19 exists.

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Earlier this week Ms Quinn recorded a video of herself telling a visiting Kirklees Council officer that she ‘doesn’t consent’ to lockdown fines and is ‘standing up for her rights’.

She put a sign on her door citing the Magna Carta, a royal charter of rights, as a defence of her decision to defy Government restrictions. 

The owner of Quinn Blakey Hairdressing, Sinead Quinn, has been fined £3,000 for reopening her salon after it was closed by police and council workers earlier this week,

The council said refusing to close was ‘selfish and irresponsible’ (Picture: Bradford T&A / SWNS)
Sinead Quinn told police she would not comply or close (Picture: Asadour Guzelian)
The business-owner put a notice on her door citing the Magna Carta (Picture: SWNS)

On the notice, she asks for proof that coronavirus exists as she claims to have not seen any evidence that it does.

On Thursday a spokesperson for the council  said: ‘We’re visiting today to issue a £2,000 Fixed Penalty Notice. At the same time we’ll check if they are open/trading.’

Later on during the same day the spokesman said: ‘The premises was closed today on inspection but we’ll check again tomorrow.’

‘If trading is still continuing, we will then have to issue a £4,000 Fixed Penalty Notice tomorrow.’

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